studio update: how I finished my space

a sunny afternoon studio space //  smitten studioIf you’ve been following along on our home renovation, you know that we’ve had to do (and are still doing) A LOT to make the space our own. Luckily for me, the new studio space was almost move-in ready. So far, all we’ve had to do was paint the floors twice, build some shelving and bring in all my green plant friends.  Now, I added a few finishing touches to really put my stamp on the place.

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a sunny afternoon studio space //  smitten studioI was looking for just the right piece of art to hang in that blank space above the love seat. While I would’ve loved to splurge on something by one of my favorite artists or photographers, our funds are still going into the house, so I created a print from my own archive. I used an image I captured when Rupe and I were galavanting around the poppy fields this Easter and layered over a cloud to create the “head in the clouds” print you see here. Then I had it printed at Staples as one of their 24″ x 36″ engineering prints for a whopping $3.00!

Having your head in the clouds (i.e., not paying attention to reality) can have a negative connotation, but for me, this is a reminder to keep dreaming and ignore the naysayers (and who doesn’t need that as a reminder sometimes?). Also, turning something of your own into art gives added meaning since it comes from your own experience. Every time I see it, I am taken back to that blissful day with Rupert and am encouraged to do some serious dreaming.

a sunny afternoon studio space //  smitten studioa sunny afternoon studio space //  smitten studioOh, and about that lighting! Thanks to Schoolhouse Electric, I finally found the perfect fixture to replace our track lighting. Now all that’s left is adding in some skylights for extra natural light and the chance to catch a glimpse of some additional dreamy cloud views.

To see the rest of my studio space, check here. The DIY shelves are available here, and even more progress can be seen here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel 


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38 Responses to “studio update: how I finished my space”

  1. Vicky Says:

    Ohhh! love it! good job! the space is amazing! :)

  2. Lindsay Says:

    Absolutely love this, especially the wood details with the white. They really pop!

  3. Jade Topper Says:

    IT’s beautiful!!! I love the clean, white atmosphere, great for creative thinking!! Pinning away ;) I also really need one of your boards in our kitchen!!!

  4. Ann Langlois Says:

    As usual, just gorgeous. Just love your blog and wish you’d post even more often!

  5. Corina Nika Says:

    my God girl, this is dreamy!!

  6. Kelli Murray Says:

    I LOVE it!! Your style is perfection.

  7. Mailinh Says:

    Love your space!

  8. Marissa Says:

    Love the simplicity and the message! <3

  9. Lisa Says:

    Love it! Very organic feel. Can someone please please please tell me where to buy those floor cushions?? I wanted one for the longest time

  10. Stacy @ Stacy Eats Says:

    Love the art and that you made it yourself. Such a fun message especially to be in your studio!

  11. Alexandra | Folk & Fest Says:

    Oh i love it great job !!

  12. Esther Zimmer Says:

    This is such a stylish space! As I mentioned previously, I am a very new reader but since finding your blog I have been inspired to take on my own interior projects with much more enthusiasm and excitement!

    Thank you for the inspiration but also, for the ‘real talk’ about what goes into making a space truly your own; the time, effort and the money, it’s so easy to feel dispirited when sometimes all we see are other people’s finished products or looks, but nothing about the true effort that went into achieving them.

  13. sarah Says:

    Hey Lisa, thank you and yes! Those are from

  14. sarah Says:

    Hi Esther, Thank you so much! xo

  15. Chelsea Says:

    Gorgeous! I love that you used an engineer print… such a great idea that I’ll have to use in our home.

  16. The Snappy Shot Says:

    Sarah, I L.O.V.E. that picture. Great job!

  17. sarah Says:

    Thanks Ann! I’ll work on it :) xo

  18. sarah Says:

    Thanks Jade! yes, it is so nice having a white space to work in! x

  19. Taryn Says:

    Where is that amazing light fixture from?


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  22. Sayeh, The Office Stylist Says:

    The space looks fabulous! I love how you chose the combination of white with the texture of the woods. Great job!

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  23. Lou Gentil Says:

    Hello from Paris , Fr – I just love this interior – could you let me know where the cover of the small canapé (rugs? ) are from ?

  24. Sasha Says:

    Love this space. Where are the white sofa covers from? Beauties.

  25. Tori Twede Says:

    Sarah I love your take on your “head in the clouds” print. I was wondering if buying a copy of this print would ever be an option? I feel like I must have it! I would love to hear back from you.


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  26. sarah Says:

    Hi Tori,
    Thanks for asking! Yes, I plan on adding a few of my prints into the A Sunny Afternoon shop. Hopefully soon!

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  29. Erin Says:

    Hey Sarah,

    I agree with Tori, that print is amazing!! I actually saw this post on tumblr originally and scoured trying to find something similar but nothing even came close! I would definitely definitely be interested in buying a print, please let me know if and when it becomes available in the shop :)


  30. Mary Says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Same as Tori and Erin I’ve been trying to find this “head in the clouds” print everywhere!! Would be super keen on buying it as well. Love, love, love it!

    Thanks heaps!

  31. Erica Says:

    Just gorgeous!! I would also love to purchase a print,

    Also where might I find those lovely gold brackets? Thank you!!! XO

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  35. mia Says:

    Hi. I love the light fixture. I am also trying to replace a track fixture(in my kitchen) and im wondering how bright this fixture is? Also is it soft or more harsh light? Thanks!

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